Saved by a wheelchair
MAN STRUCK BY REVERSING LEARNER DRIVER IN CARPARK
BEAU Potter believes he is lucky to be alive after a learner driver reversed into him in a Canning Vale shopping centre carpark earlier this month.
Mr Potter (29), from Hilbert, was at the rear of his ute when a young learner driver backed into his wheelchair, pinning him against its tray.
Before the driver could be stopped and questioned, the older male passenger took control of the red Commodore and drove from the accident scene.
“The doctors were saying that if I wasn’t in the wheelchair and it didn’t take a lot of the impact, I would have been killed,” he said.
“I couldn’t move, all I could do was hit the car. And once the adrenalin wore off, then the pain started.”
The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 4, at 10.30am outside shops on Bannister Road.
Mr Potter, who suffers from the rare genetic disorder distal arthrogryposis and is unable to walk, said he was at the shops getting parts for his quad bike which he uses in his pamphlet delivery business.
He asked the older passenger in the vehicle to provide details for a report about the incident but the man refused and told Mr Potter he would be OK.
“He jumped in the driver’s seat and got the learner driver to hop in the other seat,” Mr Potter said.
“When he was about 20 metres away, he said to me he ‘has leg problems as well’. I yelled back and said ‘yes but noone just ran you over’. “It is unbelievable, it is not normal. “It is very disrespectful to another person. I get that accidents happen but take accountability for it, don’t just drive off.”
Mr Potter, who is on a disability support pension, said X-rays revealed suspected patella ligament damage and pain in his shoulders due to whiplash.
His injuries mean he now can’t move around the house without his wheelchair.
“I normally crawl to get around the house because I can’t stand,” he said.
“I can’t crawl at the moment because of my leg. I can’t even put weight on it because of the pain.”
He said police attended the incident but no charges had been laid as the matter was with the Insurance Commission of WA (ICWA).
He said the wheelchair had been damaged and he was unsure how much longer it would be functional.
In May this year, he set up a GoFundMe site to raise money for a new wheelchair and mobility van at www.gofundme.com/cfgdn-mobilityindependence.
Beau Potter is lucky to be alive after a car reversed into him in a Canning Vale carpark.